Softball game part of Riverfest

  • Officer Tim Powling, of the Orange Police Department, is ready to swing away at Saturday’s Orange Solstice Riverfest where Powling’s Safety Sluggers will take on the Mahar All-Stars at Butterfield  Park at 3 p.m. COURTESY PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 6/21/2019 10:35:47 AM
Modified: 6/21/2019 10:35:35 AM

There is a new addition to the annual Orange Solstice Riverfest this year.

A softball grudge match between the Mahar All-Stars and the Safety Sluggers at Butterfield Park on Saturday.

The Mahar team is a co-ed team from Mahar Regional High School consisting of mostly students.

Baseball players Charlie Barnes and Andrew Herk along with Jordan Fournier from the softball team are slated to play for the Mahar squad.

The Orange Police Department and the Orange Fire Department will combine their best ball players for the Safety Sluggers squad. 

Tim Powling of the OPD said he is looking forward to a victory for the Sluggers.

“We are going in with experience,”  Powling said. “A lot of us are former athletes. Life experience is our advantage.”

Barnes did not have a response to Powling’s confidence.

“He is my football coach,” Barnes said. “I don’t want him to make me run.”

The forecast for Saturday is close to perfect for a game of softball.

“It will be a fun game,”  Powling said. “Hopefully it continues on as a tradition.”

The ball park will open at 2 p.m. with first pitch coming an hour afterwards.

Admission to the game is free.  Concessions include various vendors, frankfurters and plenty of beer available for spectators. 

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